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Student Equity, Diversity and Disability Service

ECU provides support for students with diverse study needs, particularly students with a permanent or temporary disability or medical condition or caring responsibilities for a family member with a disability, cultural or religious practices or other circumstances  which may impact on their participation at ECU.

This support may include:

  • liaison with academic staff about any potential barriers you may face and any reasonable adjustments that may be required
  • alternative format study materials
  • alternative assessment and examination conditions
  • access to a range of assistive equipment, software and technology
  • provision of note-takers, scribes or Auslan interpreters
  • library assistance

To be eligible for this support, students need to register with the Equity, Diversity and Disability Service as early as possible. The first step is to make an appointment with the Equity, Diversity and Disability Officer, either face-to-face or by telephone, to discuss your options and needs.

You will need supporting evidence of the disability or medical condition, such as an Educational Psychologist’s report or a Health Professional's Report completed by your current treating health professional, detailing the nature of the disability or medical condition, its impact on your studies and any recommended adjustments that will minimise the impact of the disability or medical condition.

An individual Learning and Assessment Plan will then be developed, documenting appropriate reasonable adjustments based on the Health Professional's Report, your own views and the academic requirements of the course of study and the responsibilities of all parties in implementing those adjustments.

While the recommendations of the Health Professional's Report are used as the basis for a Learning and Assessment Plan, the details provided by the health professional remain confidential unless there are inherent occupational safety and health risks.

If you wish to register or just to find out more information about your options, telephone the Equity, Diversity and Disability Service on (+618) 6304 6960 or email for a confidential discussion.

Support for students classed as Vulnerable Persons due to COVID-19

Some people are at greater risk of more serious illness with COVID-19. As we move towards living in a COVIDSafe Australia, some people still need to take extra steps to protect themselves and those they live with.

If you are within this category, you can apply to continue studying remotely by completing the required form from the download section and submitting it to the Equity, Diversity and Disability team.

Equity Advice

The ECU Equity, Diversity and Disability Service also has a Community Blackboard site with a range of information and resources to assist you to manage your studies as effectively as possible.

You can also contact the Equity, Diversity and Disability Service for assistance with an explanation of your rights and responsibilities under the Equal Opportunity Act and Disability Discrimination Act.

Access and Mobility maps

ECU has campus specific maps that provide information to help people with mobility issues to make informed choices about accessible routes to and from and within our campuses.


ECU offers a range of scholarships aimed at providing financial support to assist you in the pursuit of your goals. Scholarships provide funding towards fees, other study related and/or living expenses. Scholarships are not loans; rather they are intended as grants and generally you will not be required to repay the Scholarship. Each scholarship has its own specific application process and eligibility criteria. There may also be conditions on how the funding can be used and continuing academic achievement.

For more information, please visit our Scholarships web page.

Equity and Diversity Workshops

Visit the Equity and Diversity Workshops page to find out what workshops are currently on offer.


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